What Disney Doesn’t Tell You About the DCP

DCP photo

Disney leaves out a few things about the DCP program when you get accepted:

They forget to inform you about the long hours, the crappy pay, and the obnoxious guests

They fail to mention your costume won’t breathe and you’ll always be uncomfortable because your pants never fit

They don’t tell you missing the holidays at home kills you inside

They don’t tell you that strollers are your worst enemy

They don’t tell you that your twin bed probably isn’t long enough for you to lie on

They don’t tell you not take the bus, not if you can help it

On the very last day of our Spring DCP program.

On the very last day of our Spring DCP program.


They don’t tell you that you will have the absolute best time you could ever imagine!

They don’t tell you that the MOMENT you leave, all you’ll want to do is go back!

And that you book your next trip almost immediately!

They don’t tell you the horrible depression you will endure when you can’t go to Magic Kingdom whenever you want!

They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not riding your favorite ride One Last Time!

They don’t tell you you’ll start to tear up whenever you see a Disney commercial/poster/friend’s vacation, without fail, every time!

They don’t tell you everyone from home starts to get sick of how much you will talk about it and how many useless (BUT VALUEABLE) facts you now share!

They don’t tell you that you meet the most spectacular people!

They don’t tell you that people you got the courage to talk to that first week never leave your side, in the absolute best way possible!

They don’t tell you your best friends/soul mates were waiting for you at Disney all along!

They don’t tell you when you first get back your answer to, “What’s the best part?!” will be, “Getting in for free!” and then you will start to realize the best part was the relationships you built!

They don’t tell you how many times you’ll Facebook or Skype, or the amount of texts you will send, just so your friends won’t forget you exist!

They don’t tell you that you will find people who could potentially be at/in your wedding!

They don’t tell you that you’ll miss these people with all your heart and would give the world just to hug them again!

They don’t tell you you’ll find any and every possible way to talk/see/keep in contact with these people!

They don’t tell you that you become a creepy stalker when your friends from home leave to work at Disney!

They don’t tell you that you will want to know Every. Single. Detail. about their roommates, Traditions, work place, coworkers, time off, ride experiences, hidden Mickey findings, character interactions, Dole Whip eating, parade watching…!

They don’t tell you you’ll regret not going seasonal!

They don’t tell you how you’ll miss the little things about where you worked, even if you despised parts of it!

They don’t tell you CMs can be good crazy or legit crazy, but you’ll love working with them anyway!

They don’t tell you your fellow cast members can help you through any situation and for that you are thankful!

They don’t tell you that you’d give ANYTHING to go back for one day, even if it’s a 12 hour day that includes a Code V!

They don’t tell you even though you’re supposed to be removed from your FB Shift Exchange group, you’re still going to be in it because it feels like you’re still there!

They don’t tell you valuable life lessons will be learned, which would not have been as impactful had they happened anywhere else!

They don’t tell you months after you worked there, you will always feel like you left just last week!

They don’t tell you you’re always going to be attached to WDW!

They don’t tell you you’d give anything to go back to those perfect 5-6 months!

And, finally, they don’t tell you that Disney changes your life! 🙂

Read more about the Magical Moments all CPs have:  50 Disney Moments all CPs Have


CP Moment:  Clocking out for the last time.  :'(

Final CP Moment: Clocking out for the last time. 😥



Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


17 thoughts on “What Disney Doesn’t Tell You About the DCP

  1. emmayche says:

    Disney changes your life no matter how you’re involved. I was in Imagineering, and since that time I look at the whole world differently. But whatever part of Disney magic you’re involved with, from making it at Imagineering to using it to bring smiles to park guests, you’re always a part of the family.

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  2. Amy Di Bella says:

    Hit the nail on the head! I was a CP back in Spring 2006 and all this is 100% true. Some of the friends I made on the program are still my BFFs to this day, 9 years later!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ellsie22 says:

    DCP Fall 1997, and here I am tearing up reading this. Changed my life.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I did my DCP fall 2005 and I can tell you it still holds true today!!

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  5. Yolanda horton says:

    Sooo true I moved to fla and so regret going seasonal..glad family and friends chipped in and brought me a annual pass ..alumni 2003-4 MK STANDS WEST:)

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  6. Ashni says:

    I did my DCP in 2008 and came back in 2009. The best time of my life and not forgetting the life long friends and momemts what will be dear and close to my hear.

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  7. Lavon says:

    This is so factual it’s scary lml I met some great people and made great friends during the program I also had a run in or two with some rude customers lol but it still remains one of many cherished moments in my life. DCP Spring 2008, Vista Way, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Toy Story Pizza Planet!!!

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  8. Janna Girard says:

    Reblogged this on The Nerdy Disney Traveller and commented:
    It’s true, I’ll miss it greatly but I’ll be back in 27 days 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jacquetta says:

    I did DCP Fall 2006……it was the best time ever! I met a lot of wonderful people and forged really good friendships…..hats off to Disney!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Kristi Staton Evers says:

    I did the CP in Spring 1991. It not only was life changing but I met my husband there too!!


  11. RC MG says:

    Sustain the helpful information!


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